keywords: Oliver Stone

  • MEDIA

    Hollywood's Weinstein complicity

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 19 October 2017
    4 Comments

    Hollywood houses and produces its own hypocrisies. Issues are literally reduced to screen-like dimensions. Complexity vanishes. But more to the point, abuses behind the screen become apologias, the justifiable vicissitudes of having a dream industry. It entails a pact between the dream maker and participants, where all are soiled.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Oliver Stone's love letter to hero Edward Snowden

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 28 September 2016
    1 Comment

    Snowden's disclosures regarding the data-mining activities of the US government sparked a worldwide debate about security versus privacy that rages to this day. If his status as either a villain or a hero - a traitor, or the ultimate patriot - remains a matter of debate in some circles, you won't die wondering in which camp Oliver Stone sits. In Snowden the famously didactic filmmaker posits an utterly sympathetic portrait within the structure of a lithe and gripping political thriller.

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  • MEDIA

    History will pardon Snowden even if Obama won't

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 22 September 2016
    9 Comments

    The relationship between the whistleblower and journalism has not always been a neat one. The tendency for symbiosis to become positively vengeful is evidenced in the Washington Post stance on Edward Snowden's whistleblowing activities. Having scooped up a Pulitzer working on the Snowden findings, the paper got nasty. There was little need for the paper to wade into these waters, but the editors obviously felt so strongly about Snowden it went for the jugular with seething conviction.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Humanising Hoover and Thatcher

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 02 February 2012
    4 Comments

    The problems do not begin and end with badly applied fake jowls. J. Edgar introduces its subject in his later years, reflecting back on his life. This manipulative tactic errs on the side of sentimentality, when Hoover, like Margaret Thatcher, is not a figure to whom sentimentality can be easily attached.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Stockbrokers with souls

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 30 September 2010
    1 Comment

    The financial crisis threatens to engulf them. But Money Never Sleeps is less interested in financial wheeling and dealing than the ways in which the lunges and plunges of the market impact upon the characters' lives and relationships.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Loving George W. Bush

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 05 March 2009
    4 Comments

    Those who expect a portrait of a monster will be disappointed. Stone's Bush is not exactly sympathetic. But he is human. He is even likeable.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Biopic avoids venerating troubled artist antihero

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 31 October 2007
    6 Comments

    The 'troubled artist', creative but self-destructive, looms large in pop culture. The film Control offers sympathy for the artist's love ones, who are left bruised and bleeding.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    9/11 movie more glossy heroism than gritty realism

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 16 October 2006
    1 Comment

    Among recent documentaries commemorating the fifth anniversary of September 11, one stood out as particularly harrowing. 9/11—The Falling Man makes a fascinating counterpoint to World Trade Center, the first mainstream feature film to turn its eye to that fateful day.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Pride of Erin

    • John Carmody, Morag Fraser, Peter Pierce
    • 05 June 2006

    Pride of Erin | Across the fence | Descending gloom

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film reviews

    • Morag Fraser, Allan James Thomas , Zane Lovitt, Siobhan Jackson
    • 29 April 2006

    Reviews of the films Alexander, Closer, Sideways and Million Dollar Baby.

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